APSA (Americans Promoting Study Abroad) is the organization which brought Juanique, Jeffrey, Royelle and Peter on their fully-funded trip to China.
APSA was founded in 2008 by Americans Ted Dean, Mike Dardzinski and Robert Roche to bring public high school students from underserved communities in the US on full scholarship summer programs in Beijing. The program focuses on language acquisition, cultural and community engagement, and career and leadership development.
Since the first trip in 2008 with 10 students from DC and Rochester, APSA has brought over 300 American public high school students from 13 cities to China. Both the number of cities and the number of students is growing every year.
Find out more about APSA on their official site, which includes blogs from current students during their summer in China.
APSA is funded by donations from private individuals and companies, as well as a grant from the US State Department National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). If you want to help support APSA’s work and enable more teenagers to benefit from their life-changing program, you can donate online via Network For Good.
Ted Dean, who appears in the film, returned to live in the US after 16 years in China and is a board member of the 100,000 Strong Foundation in DC.